Saint Rose basketball team has big holes to fill

Life without Steve Dagostino won’t be the same, but don’t expect The College of Saint Rose men’s bas

Life without Steve Dagostino won’t be the same, but don’t expect The College of Saint Rose men’s basketball team to fall apart without the two-time Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year.

The Guilderland High School graduate was a concensus All-American after averaging 18.3 points, 5.9 assists and 2.5 steals last season. He is now playing professionally in Europe.

Two other starters, Will Monica (12.0 ppg) and Shanty Robinson (13.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg), also graduated for the Golden Knights, who posted a 23-8 record and earned their 11th trip to the NCAA Division II tournament a year ago.

Consistency has always been a hallmark of the CSR program, which has posted 20 seasons with at least 19 victories over the last 22 years. That means the Golden Knights, picked fifth in the NE-10 coaches’ poll, shouldn’t drop too much, even without the multi-talented Dagostino.

Seven letterwinners return, including starting senior forward Evan Lane and sophomore guard Ben Johnson, along with junior guard Jermaine Clark, last

season’s sixth man. Lane, from

Sharon Springs, averaged 10 points and was second in the conference in rebounding at 9.5 per game. He was also third in the league in blocked shots (1.71 per game) and shot 50.5 percent from the floor.

Johnson averaged 4.9 points in 21.4 minutes a game, while Clark averaged 11.0 per game and shot a team-best 36.7 percent from three-point territory.

Junior forward Malcolm Will­iams, a Schenectady High School graduate who produced 3.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game last season, should pick up much more playing time this season, along with other veterans Josh Pelletier (LaSalle), J.G. Braga and Zach Bye (Scotia-Glenville).

Among the five talented newcomers are Schenectady County Community College transfer Daniel Smalls, who averaged 26.5 points and 6.5 assists in 2006-07 before sitting out last season with an injury, and former Cambridge guard Shea Bromirski, who scored a Section II-best 26.9 ppg.

“We’ll be a different without Dags [Dagostino] running the show for us,” said coach Brian

Beaury in his annual press release. “We certainly won’t replace him, but I think we’ll be a solid team on both sides of the ball, getting key contributions from Evan Lane, Jermaine Clark and Ben Johnson, as well as Josh Pelletier.

“We’ll be deeper this year than we’ve been in a while, so that’ll let us return to playing more multiple defenses and pushing the ball. I can’t wait to get going.”



Saturday — PHILADELPHIA UNIVERSITY, 2; 19 — at Le Moyne, 7:30; 22 — SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE, 3:30; 24 CONCORDIA, 7:30; 30 — at Pace, 3:30.


3 — at Assumption, 7 :30; 6 — SAINT ANSELM’S, 3:30; 8 — BENTLEY, 7:30; 16 — at Bloomfield, 7; 29 — at C.W. Post in C.W. Post Holiday Classic, 5:30; 30 — vs. NYIT in C.W. Post Holiday Classic.



6 —at New Haven, 7:30; 8 —UMASS-LOWELL, 7:30; 10 —at Southern New Hampshire, 3:30; 14 — FRANKLIN PIERCE, 7:30; 17 — STONEHILL, 3:30; 20 — at Merrimack, 7:30; 24 — at Southern Conecticut State, 3:30; 31 — PACE, 3:30.


4 — at Saint Michael’s, 7:30; 7 — SAINT ANSELM, 3:30; 10 — LE MOYNE, 7:30; 14 — at Bentley, 3:30; 18 — MERRIMACK, 7:30;

21 — at Stonehill, 3:30; 24 — at Saint Anselm, 7:30; 28 — at NE-10 tournament, TBA.


2 — at NE-10 tournament, TBA; 5 — at NE-10 tournament, TBA; 7 —at NE-10 tournament, TBA.

Home games in CAPS.


plenty of depth

If CSR can avoid turnovers, the Golden Knights should return to the league’s elite circle after a sub-par 9-13 record in the Northeast-10 Conference and a 13-15 mark overall.

Injuries to several key starters hurt last year’s team, but this season, the Golden Knights have 10 letterwinners returning, including four starters.

Lost to graduation was 1,000-point scorer Emily Gottstein, but the Knights return three of their top four scorers in senior guard Dana Brown (14.2 ppg, 41 three-pointers), junior guard Elizabeth Buckley (11.6 ppg, 61 three-pointers), senior forward Ashley Anderson (8.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg) and senior center Lauren Revesz (15.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 81 percent from the line).

Key substitute Suzana Sormaz (7.4 ppg) is also back, as is starting point guard Lynsey Timbrouck

(4.2 ppg, 3.5 assists).

“Last year, we didn’t have much experience, but this year, everybody knows what’s going on,” said CSR head coach Karen Haag. “Getting both Revesz and Sormaz back as medical redshirts really helps.

“The only thing I’m concerned about is our turnovers. We turned the ball over 19 times in the first half in our exhibition game against Manhattan. We want to play great defense, but turnovers negate great defense. It’s tough to try to defend 29 extra times in a game.”

Haag says this year’s team will be the deepest she’s had in her eight seasons with the program. Ellie Johnson, a 6-2 post player from Virginia, and Catholic Central grad­uate Allison McGrath are among the top reserves.

“We want to run as much as possible, but with Revesz, we have an excellent post player when we want to slow it down and post up down low,” Haag said.



Saturday — vs. University of Science in Philadelphia Tournament, 1; Sunday — in Philadelphia Tournament, TBA; 19 — at

Le Moyne, 5:30; 22 — SOUTHERN CONNECT­ICUT STATE, 1:30; 25 — at Adelphi, 5:30;

30 —at Pace, 1:30.


3 —at Assumption, 5:30; 6 — SAINT

MICHAEL’S, 1:30; 8 — BENTLEY, 5:30; 17 — at Bloomfield, 6; 20 — LIU-C.W. POST, 2.


3 — AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL, 1:30; 6 — at New Haven, 5:30; 8 —UMASS-LOWELL, 5:30; 10 — at Southern New Hampshire, 1:30; 14 — FRANKLIN PIERCE, 5:30;

17 — STONEHILL, 1:30; 20 —at Merrimack, 5:30; 24 — at Southern Connecticut State, 1:30; 31 — PACE, 1:30.


4 —at Saint Michael’s, 5:30; 7 — SAINT ANSELM, 1:30; 10 — LE MOYNE, 5:30;

14 — at Bentley, 1:30; 18 — MERRIMACK, 5:30;

21 — at Stonehill, 1:30; 24 — at Saint Anserlm, 5:30.


1 — at Northeast-10 tournament, TBA; 3 — at Northeast-10 tournament, TBA;

6 —at Northeast-10 tournament, TBA; 8 — at Northeast-10 tournament, TBA.

Home games in CAPS.

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